Ranking member on Works and Housing Committee of Parliament, Hon. Emmanuel Kwesi Bedzrah has warned that Ghana risked of missing the Sustainable Development Goal(SDG) Goal #11 if the government failed to take measures to mitigate the Housing deficit in the country.
According to him, the 2020 Budget Statement and Economic Policy presented to parliament last month, failed to make adequate provision for the over two million housing deficit that the country faced.
Hon. Bedzrah who is the Member of Parliament for Ho West was commenting on the 2020 budget and its related issues with THE REPUBLIC in parliament.
He told the paper, the current Housing deficit stood at about two million, yet the government has not demonstrated enough commitment to mitigate the problem before the SDG target year of 2030.
The United Nation (UN) SDG Goal #11 is a target at reducing the proportion of the global urban population living in slums, though more than 1 billion people continue to live in such situations.
Sustainable development cannot be achieved without significantly transforming the way people build and manage our urban spaces.
The rapid growth of cities, a result of rising populations and increasing migration has led to a boom in mega-cities, especially in the developing world, like Ghana, where slums are becoming a more significant feature of urban life.
The UN global population report in 2018, indicated that about, 4.2 billion people, 55 per cent of the world’s population, lived in cities. By 2050, the urban population is expected to reach 6.5 billion.
This Mr.Bedzrah questioned the Akufo Addo government commitment to provide Houses for the increasing level of population in Ghana, especially the public services workers and Ghanaians in general.
He said the affordable houses dotted across the country including the Adjei-Kojo, Kumas, Tamale and Wa, are still left unattended.
The worse of all, the Ranking member said is the Saglemi Houses at Ningo in Accra.
The lawmaker also berated the government for failing to give attention to the construction and the real estate sector.
He said there is hardship in the country because the Akufo Addo government deliberately starved the Real Estate and the construction sector.
The Minority MP said the construction role on the economy is significant as it generates multiple jobs opportunity that takes about 50 per cent of the country employment rate as well as improves gross domestic products ( GDP).
” The government has failed totally. They promised to build 200,000 unit of houses and we are the end of their third year and not a single block has been laid, ” he said.
Ghana, the Ho West MP said, need to build at least 225,000 unit of houses per year to be able to achieve the SDG Goal#11 by 2030.
“The Construction and the Real estate sector are equally been starved and many people who get their daily bread from that sector are laid off, ” Mr Bedzrah said.
For instance, he said, ” if you are building a house, those who supply the Chip stones, sand, Iron rod, timber, cement, water, electrical, plumbing and others, are going to get their daily bread. Even the drivers and the fuel they buy to move the tipper trucks are all in the Chain of employment and that just says one unit house under the construction.”
Mr Bedzrah also expressed concern about the government failed to make budgetary allocation for the Coastal Sea Defence Wall, especially the Keta Sea Defence Wall started by the NDC.
He, therefore, called on the government to provide funds to tackle the Coastal defence wall to save many communities from. been taken by the sea.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Felix Nyaaba